Aug 6, 2021
Akili King, originally from Jackson, MS received an appointment to West Point where he played football for 3 years before leaving to attend Oregon State. He excelled at Oregon State and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. After training camp, he was cut by the team and enlisted in the Army National Guard. Akili made his way to active duty and served on multiple deployments with the 75th Ranger Regiment. While with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Akili was a part of the recovery mission for Operation Redwings, made famous by the book and movie, “The Lone Survivor”. He later attended OCS and received his commission as an Infantry Officer.
After leaving the military Akili reinvented himself as a business development and operations leader. He currently serves as the National Ambassador Program Director for Soldiers to Sidelines.